- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Slow Matured
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Sherry Butts
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 15 Oct 2017 11:04 am by Tim-R
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Whisky Reviews for Knockando 1998
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.21 points
- Knockando 18 Year Old 1998 Slow Matured 43%. Golden orange. Aroma is all oak in a clean stone fruit - apricot - gummy sweets kind of a way. Nice. Taste is again dominated by oak, some latent barley esters, some hard-edged gritiness but mostly juicy. Somewhat fruity with a spicy medium length finish and a rock salt linger. Grainy breadiness throughout but not too bready as some Speyside whiskies can be. Some other complexities come from the esters. I have read tasting notes suggesting oats, nuts, berries and chocolate - and i guess you can interpret the flavour this way or that - but it is really that interplay of breadiness, oak and barley esters. Pretty enjoyable stuff with a freshness that doesn't match its age. A grower. Good for the price and i would definitely buy again at around the 50 quid mark. 3.7/88
- Not quite sure what was 'wrong' with my bottle, but only the first few drams were as expected: dark fruits, sweet sherry and sweetish old oak.
As soon as the filling level went below the shoulder almost all the fruitiness and sweet sherry notes were gone, all that was left for the rest of the bottle (~75%) was board, oak, wood and timber... a plank in a glass. I guess that's why this 18 YO was priced at under 50€.
Good if you love wood, and lots of it.
For me, clearly the weakest of the core range!
- On the nose this whisky has scents of: raisins, dark chocolate, dried fruit such as plums, pears, and apples. Influences of sherry but very subtle present and nuts. There is also a somewhat earthy / musty smell in it. Furthermore, especially many fruity scents that come to me.
The whisky's palette is super sweet at first. It looks like candy! Then come the spices. Cinnamon, pepper, nice and spicy! Personally, I find it quite complex.
Clear flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, some orange peel. The nuts and sherry are also present almost immediately.
The whole makes a delicious fruity and sweet speysider for a small price! I like that!
The finish is medium long. No excesses in the taste. Some wood, orange peel, chocolate, nuts and the sherry tones stay with you the longest.
- It's what you might expect from a 18 year old. Good nose, full taste, nice finish
Raisins, dried fruit, the nose is really good.
A bit spicy, but a really full taste. Sweet, full, complex.
Good finish, a bot longer would be nice, but still good.
- Aroma: burnt coffee, burnt caramel, dried fruits (apples, pears, prunes), dark chocolate.
Taste: light, fairly simple. Caramel, dark chocolate, coffee with milk, burnt jam.
Finish: shorter than average. Burnt toffee, light notes of ginger.
The result: it is pleasant to drink, perhaps under a cigar, but from an 18-year-old, you expect, of course, more.
- Malthead: 85 points
- Very good PLV. Must not hide from so many much more expensive 18s. The sherry is more subtle, and the whisky is less sweet overall. If you like that, you will find a great everyday dram here.
Green apples and lemons in the foreground, carried by a hint of vanilla. Behind it lies the oak, which is somehow slightly musty and moldy, less spicy. After a few minutes, the sherry slowly spreads, bringing with it a nutty note, turning the light fruits into dark fruits.
For the 43% right on the tongue, nutty sherry is immediately present, significantly more than in the nose. Green, slightly bitter apple peel. Milk chocolate. From the muff of the nose is nothing to feel, the oak is now spicy. Very dry.
Medium to long, oak dominates the finish, but never really bitter, the nutty sherry is present. Dark chocolate and a little espresso.
Pleasantly fruity Speysider. Floral, ripe summer fruits, a little sherry, some oak. Honey, berries.
A bit of everything. Could be more intense. Nothing stands out. Overall, but pleasant.
Here the nose repeats itself: some fruit, flowers meadow with honey, got sherry, some oak.
Caramel and vanilla.
Short, orange, some oak, some vanilla.
A good all-rounder, overall pleasing, but without a special character.